[img_assist|nid=37974|title=Chalk talk|desc=Former Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) and Hon. Ken Dryden ’70 participated in a panel discussion titled “Lives on the Run: Sports, Service and Leadership” last night in Bailey Hall.|link=node|align=center|width=335|height=240]Last night, hundreds of Cornell students, staff, faculty and alumni filled Bailey Hall for a chance to see and hear from two of the world’s most prominent and successful scholar-athletes. Former Sen. Bill Bradley (Dem-N.J.) and the Hon. Ken Dryden ’69 participated in a panel discussion titled “Lives on the Run: Sports, Service and Leadership” that was moderated by ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap ’91, who was a former sports editor for The Sun.
After a frustrating and disappointing 2008 season in which the men’s soccer team posted a 1-15 (0-7 Ivy) record, there will be a lot of differences in the 2009 edition of the squad. Most noticeably, the Red will have a new head coach. After seven seasons as an assistant coach for Syracuse, Jaro Zawislan will be taking over at the helm.
“Having Coach Zawislan is a huge boost for our program,” said junior forward Jeff Zimering. “He’s a highly accomplished former player who’s played professionally in Europe. He brings a wealth of experience to us that should reap benefits for the program. We’re extremely excited to play under his leadership.”
After being picked 21st overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2007 NHL entry draft, rising junior Riley Nash came to Cornell in the face of big expectations. In his rookie season, Nash did not disappoint his coaches, teammates or the Lynah Faithful, as he performed exceptionally well in all aspects of the game.
Nash’s line of 12 goals and 20 points in 36 games in 2007-08 was good enough to earn him several honors and awards, including Ivy League Rookie of the Year and ECAC Hockey Freshman of the Year. Coming into this season, Nash is expected to provide even greater production for the Red.
Yesterday, the baseball team traveled to Loudonville, N.Y., for an afternoon doubleheader against host Siena College. In the opening game, the Red bats caught fire early and continued to torch the Saints’ pitching throughout, carrying the Red to a 15-3 victory. In the second game, Cornell coughed up a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, as Siena earned a 7-4 win to split the day’s series.
Cornell freshman centerfielder Brian Billigen led off in the first inning of Game 1 with a triple, while senior Nathan Ford and sophomore Jadd Schmeltzer both added a home run in that same opening inning, vaulting the Red to a 4-0 lead.
The baseball team extended its winning streak to three games after a 7-5 victory over LeMoyne College in Syracuse yesterday. The Red scored one run each in the first, third and fifth innings before exploding for three runs in the seventh. Hitters Brian Billigen, Mickey Brodsky and Brandon Lee each notched a pair of hits for the Cornell offense, and Mike Carroll pitched two innings of relief work to pick up the win.
In the top of the first inning, a Frank Hager single that scored senior Nathan Ford from second base enabled to Red to get out to a 1-0 lead. However, that lead did not last long as the Dolphins tied the game in the bottom half of the inning. Cornell freshman catcher Brandon Lee explained the importance of getting on the scoreboard in the first inning.
This weekend, both the men’s and women’s track teams will be represented by competitors at the Bucknell Invitational and the Sea Ray Relays at the University of Tennessee.
Both squads are coming into this weekend after impressive showings at last weekend’s Penn Invitational. At Penn, the women’s team produced five event wins and more than 20 top-5 finishes. Lou Duesing, the head coach of the women’s team, thought that his athletes competed remarkably well in Philadelphia, particularly considering the challenging weather conditions.
Tomorrow, the men’s hockey team will play in a NCAA Tournament game for the first time since 2006. The Red qualified for the 16-team tournament by receiving an at-large bid after finishing second in both the ECAC Hockey regular season and the ECAC Hockey playoffs. Cornell is the No. 3 seed in the Midwest regional and will be facing off against the No. 2 seed Northeastern Huskies (25-11-4) tomorrow at 4 pm in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Last year, Ray Sawada ’08 was a co-captain of head coach Mike Schafer’s Cornell hockey team that lost to Harvard in the ECAC Hockey tournament semifinals. This year, Sawada, the 52nd overall draft pick in the 2004 NHL entry draft, found himself playing for the Dallas Stars, alongside professional hockey all-stars like Mike Modano, Marty Turco and Brenden Morrow.
For most of the 2008-09 hockey season, Sawada was skating for the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League. Sawada has so far netted five goals and 10 assists in 49 games for the Moose, a team that is currently in first place in the AHL.
As the men’s hockey team wraps up its regular season schedule this weekend, it has a chance to capture the ECAC Hockey regular season title. While the No. 11 Red might need some help from other teams to win the title, the possibility does exist. Tonight, Cornell will be in New Haven, Conn., to take on Yale, and tomorrow the Red will travel to Providence, R.I. to face off against Brown. Two Cornell victories combined with a Yale loss on Sunday and Princeton losing one of its two weekend games would result in the Red taking the ECAC title, a fact that is not lost on head coach Mike Schafer ’86 and his players.
On Friday night, the Red came flying out of the gates with three even-strength first period goals that immediately established the tone of the game. Junior forward Blake Gallagher added to the Cornell lead with a power-play goal in the second frame, and junior goaltender Ben Scrivens made 24 saves on 25 shots to seal the 4-1 victory over the Engineers and snap the Red’s three-game losing streak.
Senior co-captain Mike Kennedy, who returned to action after missing four games with injury, was very happy with the Red’s well-rounded offensive attack and thought the team did a great job of creating quality scoring opportunities throughout the night.